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Seth P Chazin

Criminal defense Attorney at Albany, CA

4.8   20 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 35 years
    Massachusetts - MA 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1987
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Seth

Learn Seth’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    During his 25+ years of experience, Attorney Chazin has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of crimes in the Bay Area and throughout California (View Victories/Successes ) and has successfully resolved numerous of cases before charges were ever even filed. Mr. Chazin has obtained either acquittals, mistrials or reduction of charges in numerous cases throughout his 25+ year career. His firm has proven results.

    37 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Federal crime
    The federal government takes the investigation of potential criminal activity very seriously. Their investigations are full-scale, often lasting a year or more before formal charges are filed. As a result, insurmountable evidence from wiretaps and other surveillance techniques can be gathered, documented and eventually used to convict you. Protect your rights and your future. Retain the services of an experienced and respected criminal defense lawyer immediately.

    37 years, 150 cases

  3. White collar crime
    Attorney Chazin has represented defendants in numerous areas of white collar cases for many years, including Conspiracy, Embezzlement, Fraud, Mortgage Fraud, Money Laundering, Extortion, Gambling,and many other areas. He has achieved excellent results on a repeated basis in all areas.

    37 years, 200 cases

During his 25 + years of experience, Attorney Chazin has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of crimes in the Bay Area and throughout California and has successfully resolved numerous of cases before charges were ever even filed. Mr. Chazin has obtained either acquittals, mistrials or reduction of charges in numerous cases throughout his 25+ year career. His firm has proven results.  View Case Results to learn more.

The Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin, have three locations to serve you in California.  Chazin provides aggressive criminal defense representation to clients in the Bay Area, East Bay, and statewide. The firm assists communities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Lafayette, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Walnut Creek, Concord, San Jose, Richmond, Danville, Daly City, San Mateo, Millbrae, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Vallejo, Pleasanton, and throughout Northern California.

When facing serious criminal charges and a potentially life-altering conviction, it is essential to consult with an attorney who will aggressively represent you and defend your rights. Criminal defense lawyer Seth P. Chazin is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized as a top expert in the area of criminal defense. He provides an aggressive defense for clients in facing misdemeanor or felony charges in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout California.

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Law Offices of Seth P Chazin
1164 Solano Ave
Albany, CA, 94706-1639
Law Offices of Seth P Chazin
360 Ritch Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1746
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4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Posted by Stephen | November 18, 2021
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An Excellent Choice
Seth and his staff went above and beyond from the first moment I reached out to him. I hired Seth prior to any charges being filed against me. He worked diligently to ensure that no charges ever were filed. Seth is intelligent and appears to know all the ins-and-outs of the legal system in San Francisco. My favorite part of working with Seth is that he is always honest and up-front with you about your situation and the outlook. He doesn’t fill you up with lots of false hope or bring you down with unnecessary worry. Also, as others have said, he is very accessible and takes your calls at all hours of the day or night. There were certainly times when he was the only person I found myself being able to turn to. Seth also recommended other professionals to assist me with other needs brought on by the legal situation I found myself in. All of his recommendations were great and I loved working with them as well. Everyone I came into contact with who knew Seth said I was fortunate to have found him and that the best advice they could give me was to do whatever he said. They were right.
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Posted by Kevin | June 4, 2020
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A true professional attorney
I was facing a serious felony charge which could have put me in prison for two years. Mr. Chazin worked on my case for more than a year and managed to reduce the charge to probation and house arrest which was far beyond my expectations. He is a knowledgeable, dedicated, detail oriented attorney and is always available to help you with your concerns. He treated me more like a friend than a client. I highly recommend him and his staff.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2020
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Trustworthy, Reliable, Helpful, and Kind
I hired Seth to help me through the process of expunging my record. Not only did he work very quickly and effectively, I never felt like I was "in the dark" on what he and his team were doing in regards to my case. He was very easy to get a hold of and always willing to explain how things would work and what I could do on my end to help the process. He was a great advocate for me and went the extra mile to make sure my case was dealt with fairly and justly. Even when the county misplaced some records his team had filed, he made sure that they got another copy in a timely manner so that my case wouldn't be delayed further than it had to. He was also very careful to clarify anything about my case that seemed inconsistent or unclear, proving that he is a lawyer with great integrity. I am so glad I hired Seth and would recommend him to anyone who asked.
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Posted by John | March 25, 2020
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Help with case
I was falsely accused, and Seth got my charges dropped. I loved working with him and his team.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2019
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Favorable deal
I was arrested and faced 4 years for firearm/threats charges. I hired Seth, and he got me a very favorable deal that involves no time in a physical jail. He will use every legal defense available, and he will fight hard against the DA. I find Seth to be highly intelligent, organized, and professional. Furthermore, he is always available to be reached, even on weekends and at late hours in the night. I highly recommend you seek his help. When hiring Seth, make sure to hire him early, follow his guidance, and listen carefully to what he says.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2019
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Knowledgeable, competent, trustworthy
I hired Seth after an extensive lawyer research and a meeting. He immediately shown compassion and understanding of my situation while being straight-forward with the possible consequences, which is something you definitely need from your lawyer. He has been real throughout this difficult experience, and secured what I believe is an excellent outcome. I am most impressed by his experience and skill as a negotiator.
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Posted by Nick | May 16, 2019
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Honest, Hard-Working, knowledgeable, talented and Reassuring!
I hired Seth on for a pre-investigative phase. I could have been looking at easily 25+ years if charges were filed. End result was case thrown out. As anyone can imagine, finding a lawyer who not only cares about what you are going through but also fights aggressively is incredibly important. Seth did just that. Not only did he reassure me that we would get through this but he kept me updated and calm as the weeks went by, one day at a time. Any time i had questions or did my own research, he would answer accordingly and within 24 hours. He even gave suggestions on what steps to take to help further my defense regarding a P.I which did end up yielding a bit of positive results. Seth was with me every step of the way and even made sure all my statements and others were correctly done and sound, which was a massive help. If you are somebody reading this review right now and are considering hiring on Seth, i say take the leap! Even more so if its the pre-investigation stage as that's where he can fight the hardest to avoid charges even being filed! Seth was over 4 hours away from me and his communication between him and I was over the phone, text and emails so dont let that deter you if you arent close by! If you are looking for a lawyer who is honest, hard working and with you every step of the way, hire him! I'm so glad i did as the end result was completely satisfactory. Thank you Seth, you've brought peace back to my life. Worth every penny spent.
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Posted by William | March 12, 2019
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Straight forward, knowledgeable, professional, excellent, talented
I was convicted as a PC290 register sex offender. First he help me get my felony into a misdemeanor. Then after he help me get certificate of rehabilitation and my case expunged. I am very thankful of Seth Chazin knowledge and professionalism and the time he spent to clear my record once and for all, so I can start a new journey in life. It took over a year and everyday Seth keep me updated with my case and was very determined to help me clear my record. I would highly recommend Seth Chazin straight forward and his assistant Elizabeth is very professional in sending me the detail. When ever Seth is busy. Great job and keep up the good work and helping people with there issue
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Posted by Matt | April 11, 2018
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Mr. Chazin Saved My Life
I was arrested in 2016 and faced up to 5 years based on the initial charges. I didn't know where to go or what to do and felt like my life was over. I found Mr. Chazin by searching the internet and took a chance. From the beginning he told me exactly what I needed to do (a lot of it were things I didn't like hearing but he was right), he helped get me into a program that would ultimately help me and my defense, and he was always very straight forward with me, never sugar-coating possibilities. Even though it was hard for me to hear these possibilities at the time, I needed this for a better outcome in my case and I have come to appreciate this trait in him. He is an expert and really knows what he is doing. He came up with a defense strategy early on that involved a few options and he stuck to that plan from the beginning, and he really came through in the end. He took some risks for me, pushing on the DA during negotiations and asking for time to speak with the judge. He decided when to push the case out to see wait for more favorable circumstances, all of which helped ultimately. He fought hard for me even when I felt bad about myself and my case. Ultimately Mr. Chazin help me get an outcome that will allow me to move on with my life, giving me the best chance to be ok in the future. I'm happy with the result, I think it was the best outcome I could have gotten considering the circumstances. I highly recommend Seth Chazin. I would recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in trouble, not knowing where to go. He will be there for you and he will fight for you.
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Posted by David | December 7, 2017
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Helpful, dedicated, knowledgeable
Seth Chazin was a great help for me in getting a case dismissed from my record. He was expeditious in handling all matters involving the court and district attorney. It was a great relief to have someone like him to help me navigate the legal process surrounding my case. I would recommend his counsel for anyone.
Posted by Alvah | December 6, 2017
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Dedicated, Experienced, Caring, Successful
Seth did a fantastic job with my case. Throughout the entire process he provided me with constant support and clear information. With Seth I never felt like I was out of the loop. Despite his busy schedule, he was available to take calls, texts, and emails at all hours of the day. In the end his experience with the criminal justice system shone through and he was able to get my case dismissed. If you are in need of representation, look no further. Seth will take care of you case in highly professional and timely fashion. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2017
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Professional, Timely, and Helpful
Seth immediately contacted the DA once hired and defended me. We attempted to do a pre-file, which worked and I ended up having no charges filled against me. I was eventually subpoenaed to appear as a witness and Seth was able to get to get immunity for me. Through the process Seth was communicative, attentive, and guided me on the best course of action. I would recommend him.
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Posted by Robin | January 29, 2017
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Experienced and Effective
I couldn't have asked for better representation. Seth was clear, very helpful and respectful, and ultimately got my case dismissed, saving me lots of time and headache. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2016
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I have the up most respect for Seth, he is wise and very knowledgeable when it comes to any case. He makes you feel like you are still an American of this country and the law is applied for which it was written for either side, but to have someone to stand up for those rights and genuinely stand behind you, says alot about a person. I found myself in a situation with need of someone who truly understood what i was going through and gave me the reality of every out come. He did that and more....he gave me my life back and handled my case in the up most professional way. He is a caring man, and understands that the last thing you want to do is have to talk to a lawyer for any reason. However if you have to...he is the counsel you want walking in with you in any situation. I am forevermore than great full to these highly trained professional. Thank for your patience as well as dedication you showed me as well as my family. Last but not least, nothing comes without a price....? but you have to ask yourself, if you can put a price on your life. -JWE
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2014
The best choice you'll ever make!
An unexpected felony charge that could have landed my fiance in prison for life or have given him the death penalty was dismissed with the help of Seth Chazin. If you want someone that will keep you informed and wil remain trustworthy, I strongly recommend Seth Chazin.
Posted by T | August 6, 2013
Recommendation for Seth P. Chazin
Seth Chazin was recommended to me by another criminal defense attorney who felt Mr. Chazin could better assist me with my legal issues regarding numerous felony charges I was facing in a white collar crime case. I did some preliminary research on Mr. Chazin and determined he had a solid record, over 20 years experience, and was an active voice in his community serving on several boards and volunteering of his time. I hired Seth to represent me after meeting with him, outlining my case, and discussing the state's pending charges and possible outcomes. Although my decision was based on a number of issues, one of the most important qualities I considered was his reputation among his colleagues in the legal community. The cost of retaining Mr. Chazin's services were a consideration, but I believe that defending yourself against criminal charges is not an area where money should dictate a decision. If I expected to be given any respect, I reasoned I needed to be represented by an attorney who was well well-thought-of. Seth's fees were lower than I had anticipated and I hired him under a flat fee contract as opposed to an hourly rate. This type of agreement can go either way depending on the outcome of your case, but again, I was concerned with getting the best result not with getting a certain number of hours for fees paid. Seth was patient and understanding about my level of anxiety regarding the situation. I emphasized my two greatest concerns involved the trauma of an arrest and the fear of incarceration. I was charged with 6 felonies, but Seth negotiated with the prosecutor to avoid an arrest and ultimately to reach a plea agreement wherein I was given no jail time. This case lasted roughly 8 months but with Seth's help, I experienced minimal interruption to my normal routine. Being a defendant in a criminal case is nerve-racking, but the right attorney should structure the situation so that the client does not feel a sense of constant conflict and dread. Seth did this remarkably well. I did have periods of worry where I frequently contacted Seth with numerous questions and he always responded within a timely manner, including on the weekend and late at night. When he answered my legal questions, he always balanced his replies with a bit of personal advise or suggestions for lessening my anxiety. The personal level made it easier for me to click with Seth and communicate without fearing judgment. I was satisfied with the outcome to my case and would use Seth's services in the future if the need arose. However, I don't plan on finding myself in that situation again. I will definitely recommend him to anybody who is seeking solid solid, experienced representation in a criminal trial. I say shop around when hiring an attorney, and if Mr. Chazin is on your list, you will be pleased with his work if you decide he is the best person to help you with your legal problems.
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Posted by Liz | April 18, 2013
All charges dropped
In late 2011, a family member was arrested on criminal charges. The charges could have resulted in a 20 plus year sentence. I am happy to say after 2 years, it has all been settled with all charges being dropped, thanks to Seth . My only regret is not contacting him immediately right from the beginning. I can't stress this enough. No matter how off the wall the charges may seem initially, take it seriously! Contact an attorney right away. It is an unbelievable weight lifted off your shoulders knowing a competent attorney is handling the case. We now have a better insight into how the 'system' works. Something like this does effect an entire family, and friends, everyone will need to come together, to get the best results. Thank You Seth.
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Posted by Samuel | December 26, 2012
A competent, caring, *effective* criminal lawyer.
I was arrested and charged with a few felony charges resulting from me being pulled over in Alameda with a bit more marijuana than is legally allowed by medical code here in California. They had clear-cut evidence of my intent for sale, as well as a valid basis for tacking on a transportation charge with intent for sale. After discussing the case with Mr. Chazin, he very bluntly informed me that the case would in fact be an uphill battle, and there was no guarantee of success with the evidence that existed. Having heard excellent things about his services from a family friend, I decided to go ahead and retain his services. He was very clear about exactly what I could do to mitigate the circumstances, and laid out a solid plan for getting my charges reduced to misdemeanors or dismissed including outpatient rehab that I needed anyways, gathering character reference letters from various people in my life, getting my college transcript, and getting evidence of my employment. He instructed me in the proper manner in which to do these things for maximum efficacy, and in the end his intimate knowledge of the law and the local legal landscape as well as his techniques for mitigation proved incredibly fruitful! I ended up not having my charges reduced to misdemeanors, but eliminated altogether pending one year of no police interaction. This is absolutely a best-case scenario, and in fact has put me on the correct path in life and shown me that hard work pays off. I was more than happy to pay the rates that Mr. Chazin asked, and it ended up being more than worth it. I would recommend Seth's services to anyone facing serious criminal charges. He is a true, real-life example of getting what you pay for.
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2012
Knowledgeable, Expedient and Reasonable
Last year I was unfortunate enough to become involved in a situation out of my control in which a neighbor assumed a crime, and I was picked up by the police and questioned for an hour at a jail before finally being released. At the time I did not know who had wrongfully reported me to the law enforcement, so I retained Seth Chazin to represent me. By the next day he had already investigated my detention and confirmed that the case was closed. He told me that it is always best to proactively get out in front of any charges, and he was correct. I was very pleased with his representation. Now I have peace of mind that there is a "go-to" attorney for future reference. Plus, he has stayed in touch with me for two years and kept me updated on pertinent legislation and relevant blogs.
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Posted by Corey | June 28, 2017
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Awful experience.
I was in need of a criminal defense attorney and regrettably called Seth. He was nice and seemed interested until I paid him. Once retained, he spoke to me in a condescending manner to the point that I decided to hire someone else. We hadn't even gone to court and he claimed to have spent several hours on my case in which the $5500 retainer was used. He did nothing for me essentially and kept my money. Biggest mistake I ever made was calling him.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-500 per hour
  • Pro bono 3 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Miller and Associates / Imhoff and Associates
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Deputy State Public Defender
  • Office Of The State Public Defender
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Solano County Public Defender
  • 1988 - 1995
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  • Golden Gate University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Temple University Rome, Italy
  • 1982
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States vs. Rodil Nochez
  • Client Acquitted of 7 Felony Counts


  • Federal Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Attorney Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Attorney Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Nominee - Board of Governors
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distignguished Service Award
  • Arab-American Anti-discrimination Comm
  • 2002
  • Public Lawyer of the Year
  • State Bar of California
  • 1991
  • M. Jay Dramer Foundation Solarship
  • M. Jay Kramer Foundation Scholarship
  • 1984
  • Marian DavisScholarship
  • Marian Davis Scholarship
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar on Document Examination for the Criminal Justice Section of BASF
  • Forensic document examination from Forgery to Homicide
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Endorse Seth
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Seth Chazin because of his superb legal knowledge and commitment to the betterment of our profession. It takes a lot of dedication to win difficult cases and Mr. Chazin's record proves he has all that and more. If I was in trouble in the Bay Area, state or federal, I'd want Seth Chazin to be my lawyer. His certification as a criminal law specialist is well earned. Very few criminal lawyers carry this distinction."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. In his practice, Seth diligently works for his clients to get the best possible result. He is extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented, and he fights to ensure his clients get the best defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked together on several cases with Seth over a period of 8 years. He is an excellent attorney with a remarkable skill set. I would recommend Seth to anyone facing criminal allegations."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Seth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Seth is a longtime successful criminal defense attorney, who represents his clients with skill and professionalism. If and when I've ever had a question, he has been nothing but friendly and open in providing advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I cannot recommend Mr. Chazin highly enough. He has been practicing criminal defense law for 25 years and is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist. I have never seen an attorney fight harder for his clients than Seth does. I recently had the privilege of watching his closing argument in a complicated federal criminal matter and was impressed with the way he clearly and convincingly explained the case and evidence to the jury. He not only summed up the case eloquently, but he seamlessly melded a multimedia presentation to drive home his points. He is a tireless worker on behalf of his clients and I have often received emails and telephone calls from him late into the night or on the weekend and discussed some point of law important to his clients' cases. He is one of the few lawyers I know who will make himself available to his clients at nearly all times of the day or night. Seth is a hard working, knowledgeable, and accessible lawyer whom I gladly endorse."
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